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GamerTell’s 3DS 2012 Holiday Gift Guide

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The 2012 holiday shopping season is upon us and the 3DS appears to be the reigning handheld system this year. It has a good assortment of games. There are two different models available. Things just seem to be going well for Nintendo, and for anyone you decide to get a 3DS or 3DS games for this year. GamerTell has of course compiled a 3DS 2012 holiday gift guide full of suggestions, covering 3DS systems and 3DS games, so read on for help with your shopping.

Let’s kick off this 3DS 2012 holiday gift guide with the system. Nintendo hasn’t announced any 3DS or 3DS XL bundles for the 2012 holiday shopping season yet. Well, official bundles anyway. Gilt.com does have a 3DS XL bundle for $219.99 that includes a pink and white system with a copy of Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask or Style Savvy: Trendsetters. Aside from that though, your only system choices appear to be the $179.99 3DS or the $199.99 3DS XL. Keep an eye on the Black Friday 2012 ads to see if any sales come up on either of those if you want to save money or maybe even get a gift card or game free with the handheld. As for which version to get, it doesn’t really matter. I have a standard 3DS and love it, but will admit the 3DS XL’s bigger screen is nice. If you want to save money, go for the 3DS. If the person you’re buying for is really particular or you don’t mind spending $20 extra, go for the 3DS XL.


Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage?!
Price: $29.99 for the standard edition, $39.99 for the collector’s edition
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+
Genre: Action RPG
Description: The Ice King is stealing everyone’s garbage to make a Garbage Princess, and it’s up to Finn and Jake to journey across the Land of Ooo to stop him.
Who would want it? Well, naturally people who enjoy Adventure Time. Fans of action RPGs would enjoy it as well, since it’s designed to be an homage to Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. It comes out on November 20, 2012, so you’ll have to wait a bit to buy it as a gift.


Code of Princess
Price: $39.99
ESRB Rating: Teen
Genre: Beat’em up
Description: Princess Solange’s kingdom has been invaded and she has been trusted with keeping the DeLuxcalibur sword safe as she teams up with various allies to save the land from Queen Distiny and her monsters.
Who would want it? Older gamers who will have friends that will be willing to take part in the multiplayer missions with them. Or, just older gamers in general. It has a Teen rating and requires quite a bit of grinding, so it’d be best for people over 16.


Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion
Price: $39.99
ESRB Rating: TBA
Genre: Action
Description: Mickey Mouse has to use the magic paintbrush to save famous Disney characters who have been captured by Mizrabel the witch and imprisoned in her Castle of Illusion in the Wasteland.
Who would want it? Think of this game as a throwback to a time when 2D Disney games were good. It’s a new entry in the Sega Genesis/Game Gear series Castle of Illusion and should be more than approrpiate for gamers of all ages who enjoy a good platformer. It will be released on November 18, 2012.


Harvest Moon: A New Beginning
Price: $39.99
ESRB Rating: Everyone
Genre: Simulation
Description: An all new opportunity for players to manage their own farm, filled with all kinds of crops and animals, while also building relationships with local townfolk. In this entry, people can customize the layout of their farm, the town and their farmer’s appearance.
Who would want it? People who enjoy the Facebook farming sims or life sims in general.


Kid Icarus: Uprising
Price: $39.99
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+
Genre: On-rails shooter/Action
Description: Players must help Pit fight on behalf of the the Goddess of Light Palutena and protect her subjects from Medusa and her armies that wish to cover the world in darkness. The single player offers levels that go from on-rails shooter to an action game, while the multiplayer allows people to compete in 3 on 3 battles.
Who would want it? Even though this is an Everyone 10+ game, after playing I can attest that it would appeal mostly to people who are at least in high school. It can be a little complicated to play. Don’t buy it used as a gift unless you’re sure it comes with the stand you need to hold the 3DS while you play.


Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
Price: $39.99
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+
Genre: Action RPG
Description: Help Sora and Riku undertake the Mark of Mastery exam to become keyblade masters so they can face Master Xehanort on equal ground. This entry has all new Disney worlds to explore and also has a minor virtual pet system involving the Dream Eater companions.
Who would want it? This is a solid all-ages game. Kingdom Hearts fans will love it, as will any 3DS owner who grew up with Disney movies and cartoons.


New Super Mario Bros. 2
Price: $39.99
ESRB Rating: Everyone
Genre: Action
Description: Mario has to go and save Princess Peach from Bowser again, while also collecting as many gold coins as possible along the way.
Who would want it? Even though I think New Super Mario Bros. 2 is one of the weakest, recent Mario releases (I only rented it and didn’t buy it), it’s still a solid game and perennial fan-favorite. Any 3DS owner should be more than happy to get it as a gift.


Style Savvy: Trendsetters
Price: $39.99
ESRB Rating: Everyone
Genre: Simulation
Description: Manage a shop in a fashionable town, catering to male and female customers by suggesting various kinds of clothing and keeping up with the latest fashion trends. Players can also customize their avatar’s appearance, participate in fashion contests, manage a small online shop and change the look of an apartment.
Who would want it? This seems like a game for girls, but I’ve known quite a few men who play it as well. Still, this is a safe bet for girls and women who would like to manage their own shop while also working as a virtual stylist.


Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy
Price: $39.99
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+
Genre: Music RPG
Description: Players help the goddess Cosmos fight against Chaos by returning music to the land and crystal by playing through famous Final Fantasy series songs. There are even some RPG elements implemented.
Who would want it? This is a perfect game for Final Fantasy fans. People who enjoy music and rhythm games may enjoy it too, but every Final Fantasy fan should own it.


Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward
Price: $39.99
ESRB Rating: Mature
Genre: Adventure
Description: A man named Sigma and eight other people have been trapped in an underground warehouse and forced to participate in the Nonary Game. If they play along and earn 9 Bracelet Points, they get to leave. If they don’t play and their BP reaches 0, they die.
Who would want it? People who enjoy visual novels, thrillers or who loved the DS prequel 999: 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors.

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